Boy Mamabolo and shooting suspect ‘known to be enemies’ – family

2014-09-16 10:26

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Limpopo police say Julius Malema’s friend, who is accused of shooting and wounding the Economic Freedom Fighters leader’s former ally Boy Mamabolo, turned himself in early this morning.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the suspect, who is a former leader of the ANC Youth League in Limpopo, was expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court on charges of attempted murder today.

He said the man, who was being sought by the police since the shooting, handed himself over at about 3am today – more than 24 hours after the Sunday evening incident during a Metro FM party.

The suspect’s flashy Jeep had been towed to the police station after he had abandoned it at Waterland, the picnic venue where the shooting took place.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League in Limpopo said Mamabolo, who is an ANC branch chairperson in Seshego, was “responding well to medication and continues to be stable”.

Mamabolo was admitted to Polokwane Mediclinic with three gunshot wounds.

The suspect is from the same neighbourhood as Malema in Seshego. He and Mamabolo grew up together as friends but their friendship ended after a political fallout between Malema and Mamabolo.

Mamabolo and Malema were involved in bitter spats and were known to be adversaries.

According to those close to the suspect and Mamabolo, the two did not see eye to eye and would fight whenever they met.

Limpopo regional radio station Capricorn FM retweeted Mamabolo’s family spokesperson, identified as Sonny, as saying: “We never thought Boy and [the suspect’s] differences could end in a tragedy”.

It is alleged that the two had exchanged harsh words when they bumped into each other just before the shooting. There were also unconfirmed reports that they had clashed at a nightclub in the city a day earlier.

According to the police, three other people were also shot, two in the lower body and one in the nose, during the incident. They were all treated and discharged.

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